Administration: This is a State-administered program. Applications for
project funds are submitted by participating institutions and schools to their
supervising State agency. Those applications approved by a State agency are
forwarded to the State educational agency (SEA) for final approval and release
of funds. All participating institutions and schools must submit end-of-year
reports to their State agencies accounting for the expenditure of funds and
providing an evaluation of project activities.
II. RESPONSE TO GEPA 417 (a)
A. Goals and Objectives:
During FY 1984 the Department's principal objective for this program was to
continue financial assistance to States to assist them in providing services
to eligible handicapped children.
B. Progress and Accomplishments:
The children served through the program tend to be more severely handicapped
than children supported under Part B of the Education of the Handicapped Act.
Under this program the State can obtain a higher Federal contribution per
child than under the Part R program.
C. Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness
Services: Funding in FY 1984 provided services for about 247,000 children in
programs administered by 135 State agencies.
Expenditures: The average Federal per-pupil contribution was $592.50 in FY
Children Served: Children benefiting under the program in 1983 were distrib-
uted across the following categories: Mentally Retarded - 97,452; Deaf-
Blind - 1,087; Orthopedically Impaired - 11,010; Other Health Impaired 5,045;
Visually Handicapped 10,330; Speech Impaired 15,880; Specific Learning Dis-
abled 22,585; Hard of Hearing 4,303; Deaf 21,312; Emotionally Disturbed
41,474; and Multihandicapped 16,808 (E.I).
State Administration: New procedures in SEAs emphasize the total special
education program, and ensure systematic monitoring of providers for com-
pliance with State and Federal requirements. This includes procedures for
ensuring fulfillment of the P.L. 93-380 local educational agency transfer
provisions. Fiscal accountability is maintained in most States by more than
one State agency, with at least one being the SEA. (E.2)
Effectiveness: No information is available.ely designed special